21 Feb 2024

House of Commons chaos and confusion over Gaza ceasefire vote

Political Editor

The Speaker is at the centre of a huge row in the Commons after he was accused of helping Labour “hijack” a Scottish National Party debate calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, to avoid a backbench rebellion.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle overturned the rules to allow Labour to have a vote on their own motion. But there was chaos and fury when a last minute decision by the Government to withdraw their own amendment took away the SNP’s ability to vote on their own motion at all.